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The Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet

Does your furbaby have a microchip? If so, that’s absolutely wonderful! You’ve taken one of the biggest and most important steps to protect your beloved pet. We know your furry pal is like family to you. As a family-oriented practice, we want to do everything possible to keep your pet healthy and safe. We know that losing a pet can be a very sad and even traumatic experience, and that is one reason we strongly recommend microchipping. If your furry friend ever gets lost or runs away, that tiny little microchip could very well save his life! In this article, your Niwot vet outlines the benefits of microchipping.

Identification

It’s great to keep ID tags on your pet’s collar, and we highly recommend it. Unfortunately, though, if your pet is stolen, the thieves will probably immediately remove the collar. If that happens, a microchip may be the only way for you to prove that Fido or Fluffy is yours!

Safety

The odds of your furbaby coming home are greatly increased by microchipping! Most shelters check for microchips when processing pets for intake. Without a microchip, your beloved pet may have a very short window of time to be rescued.

Perks

You may be surprised to discover some of the helpful features and perks offered by microchip companies. Hotlines that provide advice and support are often available 24/7. If your pet is found far away from your home, you may be eligible for travel assistance. Microchip companies also sometimes offer lost pet alerts, which will send information to local shelters, veterinarians, and citizens.

Procedure

The microchipping procedure itself is quick and painless, and is comparable to getting a shot. Your veterinarian will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip under your pet’s skin. Once the chip is in, you’ll need to fill out the paperwork to make sure that Fido’s information is correct and on file with the database.

Maintenance

We recommend having your vet test the microchip annually to be sure it hasn’t moved or malfunctioned. Remember to update your records in the database if you move or change numbers!

Does your furbaby need a microchip? Contact us now! As your Niwot vet clinic, we are here to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’ve been dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care since 1946, and are truly appreciative of our customers’ loyalty!

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